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Duran Duran - Nite-Runner (2007)

 

Tabbed by: trevgreg

Email: trevgreg1227@hotmail.com

 

Tuning: Standard

 

 

This is the first completed song for the Red Carpet Massacre album, which was a collaboration

between Duran Duran with both Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. Although the Red Carpet Massacre

been criticized by some fans for not having enough guitar parts on it, there are actually

a few obvious guitar parts on this song that can be played. Overall, Dom Brown contributes

his own part for the song’s main hook line, as well as some funky guitar up the fretboard

and a quietly hidden melody on the song’s bridge.

 

 

This part is played by Dom Brown during the “Can I put my hands on you tonight?“ hook of the

song, which goes along with the vocal melody during it as well. He also delivers this riff

during the break just before the second verse. The riff is basically following a scale in

G# at first, as you can see. He repeats the main line twice before sliding off the D string

on the 6th fret right at the end during the breaks, while he actually does it twice more during

the pre-chorus each time.

 

On another note, you might want to do some sort of slide on that string as your ending the

chords higher up the fretboard (as you’ll see later) once you start playing this riff each

time.

 

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-----------------------4--6--8--9--6(h)-----------------4--6--8--9--6(h)---6/0----|

A|--11/0----------4--6-------------------------------4--6---------------------------|

E|----------4--7-------------------------------4--7---------------------------------|

 

 

I’m fairly sure the riff above is accurate, as this is how it was played by Dom Brown at the

first performances of the song and this is what it sounds like after I singled out the guitar

from the song. Despite this, I’ll admit that the first part might sound a tad off to some

people who are just hearing if over the song. Below is what it sounds more like, which might

fit better with how you’re playing it. I’ve also seen bass tabs for Nite-Runner that seem

to follow this riff as well, so take your pick.

 

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G|------------------------------3---------------------------------3---------------------|

D|-----------------------4--6-----4--6(h)------------------4--6-----4--6(h)-----6/0-----|

A|--11/0----------4--6-------------------------------4--6-------------------------------|

E|----------4--7-------------------------------4--7-------------------------------------|

 

 

These are the parts Dom plays during the verses and choruses in the song, which all start

on the 11th fret of the A string (also in a G# key like the main riff). They vary a little on

each type, so I’ll try to single out how he plays them on each one.

 

Here is what it sounds like he’s playing on the first verse, the first two choruses, and the

first part of the second verse. For this riff, it also sounds like he’s plucking the A string

by itself before he enters the usual rhythm for these riffs. Experiment with the up-and-down

motions here, along with the palm-muting that goes with it.

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--14--x--14--14--14---------|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12--------12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---------|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13--------13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---------|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----0--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--14--x--14--14--14---------|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12--------12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---------|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13--------13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---------|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----0--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

This is what it sounds like he’s playing on the final 8 measures of the second verse, when

Simon starts to sing the “Should I be surprised?” line.

 

e|--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

B|--12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12-----12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---------|

G|--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

D|--13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13-----13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---------|

A|--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

e|--13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13-----12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12--------|

B|--12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11--------|

G|--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11--------|

D|--13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13-----13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13--------|

A|--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11-----11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11--------|

E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

This is the riff playing during the third chorus and first 4 measures of the fourth choruses.

As you can see, it’s exactly the same as the verse/chorus riff...

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--14--x--14--14--14---|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12--------12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13--------13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----0--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--14--x--14--14--14---|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12--------12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13--------13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----0--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

… and this appears to be what he’s playing during the final four measures in the third and

fourth choruses. The last part will be silent, unlike the usual verse/chorus riff played before.

Dom will only play the slide at the end at the end of the third chorus, so make sure not to

do that during the fourth one when Simon and Justin close out the song on their own vocally.

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--14--x--14--14--14---|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12--------12----x--x--12--x--12--12--12---|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11--------11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13--------13----x--x--13--x--13--13--13---|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----0--11----x--x--11--x--11--11--11---|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

e|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11----------------------------------------|

B|-----12----x--x--11--11--x--12--12----------------------------------------|

G|-----11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11----------------------------------------|

D|-----13----x--x--11--11--x--13--13----------------------------------------|

A|--0--11----x--x--11--11--x--11--11-----------------------------11/0-------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

This riff below is played during the bridge in the song, where Simon LeBon, Timbaland, and

Justin Timberlake sing at the same time. If not for a remix contest last year where all the

individual tracks for the song were released to the public, I may not have even known this

part existed! In any case, it is there… and for those of you wondering how to play it, it

should go something like this. Make sure you repeat it twice over the 20-second bridge too.

 

e|----------9(p)7(h)----------------------------------------9/12(h)---9--11--9-------------|

B|--7(h)9---------------------------9(p)7(h)9------------------------------------9(h)------|

G|---------------------------6(h)8---------------------------------------------------------|

D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

you're nocturnal only come out at nite

I'm learning all the ways you wanna ride

you're on the roam but not until the darkness arrives

but I'm certain I'll catch up to you one of these times

 

(main hook riff)

Can I put my hands on you tonight

I must be feeling something

Something tells me I’m in for the ride

I wonder if you see me coming

Can I put my hands on you tonight

Tonight has got me running

Something tells me I’m in for the ride

right into your nite-time world

coz of a

 

(Verse/Chorus Riff)

nite-runner I think I'm falling for you

nite-runner got a spell to put me under

nite runner what you gonna do with it?

nite-runner nite nite runner

 

(Verse/Chorus Riff)

Light scatters when you walk into the room

Under shadow I can feel the heat in you

Should I be surprised I see the possibility moving right across to me

It all matters when I'm getting close to you

 

(main hook riff)

Can I put my hands on you tonight

I must be feeling something

Something tells me I’m in for the ride

I wonder if you see me coming

Can I put my hands on you tonight

Tonight has got me running

Something tells me I’m in for the ride

right into your nite-time world

coz of a

 

(Verse/Chorus Riff)

nite-runner I think I'm falling for you

nite-runner got a spell to put me under

nite runner what you gonna do with it now?

nite-runner nite nite runner

 

(bridge lead part)

love is haunting she wanted to go that's what she told me

love is haunting she wanted to go but I cannot cannot

 

(Chorus 3 riffs)

nite-runner I think I'm falling for you

nite-runner got a spell to put me under

nite runner what you gonna do with it now?

nite-runner nite nite-runner

 

(Chorus 4 riffs)

nite-runner I think I'm falling for you

nite-runner got a spell to put me under

nite runner what you gonna do with it now?

nite-runner nite nite-runner

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